• Helen Avery

Sustainable Aquaculture - an impact investment opportunity.

Updated: May 9, 2019

The Nature Conservancy and Encourage Capital released their detailed report on the sustainable aquaculture industry today. The report, Towards a Blue Revolution, highlights the positive macro-economic fundamentals of the industry for investors, and details ways to invest and how to mitigate risk and maximize returns.


Investor demand for sustainable aquaculture is already here from private investors, particularly family offices who see the macro-economic opportunity says Jason Scott, co-managing partner at Encourage Capital. “There’s a lot of private capital chasing opportunities related to sustainable food as consumer preferences change and retailers recognize that there are now certain standards that consumers want to see in terms of healthy foods, and also foods that do not negatively impact the oceans and environment. Seafood is high on the list from a healthy diet perspective, and aquaculture is high in demand to provide an alternative to depleting and overfished stocks. Now in that evolution from food to seafood to aquaculture, emphasis is being placed on sustainable aquaculture.”


The aquaculture industry is now $243.5 billion in size - the fastest-growing form of food production on the planet, expanding at an annual rate of almost 6% globally, but sustainable aquaculture only accounts for 5% of the market. It is hoped the report will encourage scaling up of investments in sustainable aquaculture.


I wrote an extended piece for Euromoney here interviewing Rob Jones of TNC and Jason Scott of Encourage Capital: https://www.euromoney.com/article/b1fbcv5sn1shkf/sustainable-aquaculture-provides-impact-investment-opportunity


I also enjoyed reading this recent article on the sector with interviews with investors: https://www.conservationfinancenetwork.org/2019/04/15/financing-the-aquaculture-revolution


The entire report can be found here:

https://www.nature.org/content/dam/tnc/nature/en/documents/TNC_EncourageCapital_TowardsABlueRevolution_FINAL.pdf





Photo credit: Remy Galvan Hale (courtesy TNC)